Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Gets An Aerith Costume From Final Fantasy VII

By Ishaan . September 21, 2013 . 10:40pm

Cloud isn’t the only Final Fantasy VII character you’ll get to dress Lightning up as, in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. You’ll also be able to outfit her in Aerith’s clothes. Take a look at the costume in the video below.



While the Cloud outfit is a pre-order bonus in the U.S., the Aerith costume—which has only been announced for Japan at the moment—can be acquired as a bonus that comes with the V Jump magazine strategy guide for the game. Final Fantasy Network spotted the costume during a stream.


Square Enix have not detailed how the Aerith costume will be made available in North America and Europe.

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  • komiko12

    This is really amusing. They even used a scene of Lightning being pierced in that costume.

    I think a Celes or Paine costume would be nice.

    • Azurelegance

      Celes and Paine, YES.

      • Superior Spider-Man

        FF X-2 Rikku, Terra, Tifa!!!! I’d love to see Lightning perform Final Heaven.

    • Arcana Wiz

      celes costume…… the green one please yes…..

      • riceisnice

        My gosh, I never realized how revealing the past final fantasy costumes were.

        • Arcana Wiz

          yeah, FF were sexy since the beggining, but you dont notice it when it’s a pixaleted bikini ;D
          see rosa armor form FFIV
          see rydia and porom AY transparent mage dresses
          see some costumes from FFIII
          see tifa in FFVII and then see her in dissidia.
          So yeah, SE always had sexualized armors, people just didn’t notice it.

        • Suicunesol

          To be fair, this piece is a perverted fan artist’s rendition. :P I don’t think there’s any official artwork of this particular costume, but it is essentially what she wears in the original Final Fantasy VI sprite. Her real official art, with the sword over her shoulder, is below. I don’t know the official story behind the leotard armor.


  • ShinobiBrown

    This trailer needs spoiler tags.

    Footage of SquareEnix, being a cheeky S.O.B. lol. You guys got me. I chuckled.

  • batanen

    I think I am starting to like Lighting. She’s such a great cosplayer!

    • LightningFarron19

      Ironically enough, the Japanese voice actor to Lightning, Maaya Sakamoto, also did the Japanese voice to Aerith. So now Maaya can voice two characters at once!~

  • NightzeroAX

    Never played 9 but I think a General Beatrix costume would fit her well.

    • AdenMaer

      Yes yes oh yes please yes yes yes :D And Quistis too pleeeeease!

  • Thrasher429

    Square you cheeky bastards, gotta love that ending.

  • Azurelegance

    to those who thought the Yuna outfit was unfitting…

    • Arcana Wiz

      lol, when i saw this i immediatly tought exactly what you wrote.

    • komiko12

      It does suit her. Her face is very feminine to me.
      The reason people say it doesn’t suit her is because of the personality she has shown in FFXIII.

      • Azurelegance

        I thought Yuna’s outfit looked fine on her. Aerith’s looks weird imo.

        • komiko12

          Can’t be helped. I always thought the outfit looked weird on Aerith herself.

          EDIT: Also the costume that I said that suits Lightning was the Yuna costume.

          • Thrasher429

            Yeah I never really liked the look of Aeriths outfit either and always felt that the outfit from Crisis Core suited her much better.

        • supervamp

          I think the yuna outfit doesn’t fit because she’s more of close combat and moves around a lot

      • EinMugenTenshin

        It could also be that she was the main character of the fanbase backstab the two previous games was. if we wanted a game evolved around grumpies we’d make one mod for it in Skyrim. But instead we got the Tifa mod with the boobies and everything. Not really a surprise. :p

    • AxionAzure

      Glad to see I’m not the only one who thought that.

  • Arcana Wiz

    Well, i think that now yuna costume dont looks so bad, and if they are going to make at least a costume per main title, please let be a FFVI terra/celes costume ;D
    For those dont remember/know they were….. leotard “knight” armors.

    • Arcana Wiz
    • komiko12

      They don’t look so bad when seen in the original art. If they are going to make costumes for each main title, then they could pass this game as anniversary game like Dissidia or Theatrhythm.

      • Arcana Wiz

        jk, FFVI already have a costume of locke, i just wanted to see the reactions, seems that my post below was heavilly downvoted, but ah well.
        And i really think that we’ll see one costume per main title, she already have from three instalments, VI,VII,X… considering square love for IV, it’s already one third.

        • komiko12

          While it looks similar to Locke’s they have yet to confirm if it was based on his costume (it’s obvious though). Btw, you forgot the Miqote costume from XIV.

          Perhaps you’re downvoted because they prefer this image more

          • Arcana Wiz

            yeah never understimate the power of tight pants, they make people go crazy.

          • Suicunesol

            Actually, I thought they downvoted you because they didn’t like that depiction of General Celes wearing the impractical leotard “armor”.

          • Arcana Wiz

            actually it’s very pratical in movement, it only doesn’t have defense, but again 99% of FF costumes doesn’t appear to boost defense, looks at tifa, aerith, yuffie, terra, rosa, yuna, rikku, rinoa…….

          • Suicunesol

            Well, those characters you listed aren’t army generals. :P Even then, anything is better than a spandex leotard when you’re running into battle. :)

            Ah well, it’s not like I’m criticizing the outfit or the artwork. I’m just pointing out where your dislikes came from…

  • Duo Maxwell

    Lightning Return: Fashion Fiesta.

  • Just Tim

    What’s next, “get a Game Over to unlock this costume”?

    • gulabjamal


  • Atmey

    It slightly saddens me, all the news I read about Lightning returns is about costumes, poor Lightning, from strong lead character in XIII to a dress up doll.

    • Herok♞

      to be fair from what we have seen in this games trailers she retains her strength.

    • Suicunesol

      From the looks of it, she’s still a strong lead character. She’s the only playable character, in fact. Everything revolves around her. The game is named after her.

      What’s wrong with having many options to dress up your favorite character?

      Let me add to that. You know why they’re showcasing the outfits the most, right? It’s DLC. They’re trying to sell the DLC. If the costumes weren’t DLC, they wouldn’t spend nearly as much time advertising it.

      • Snow Covered Kenneth

        Dude, there isn’t ANY DLC. ZERO. There are preorder bonuses. FREE with purchase. The 80+ costumes all come packaged inside this beast. The costumes show all the different styes of fight available.

        • Suicunesol

          No, they don’t… there are pre-order bonuses exclusive to the store you buy the game from at launch. You can’t get all the pre-order bonuses in the game at launch. For instance, the Vajra Bohdisattva pack is exclusive to Lawson and HMV stores. The only way you can have all the preorder DLC in your game… is if SQ makes all that DLC purchasable at some point.

          As for the West, any free pre-order DLC will probably be made purchasable for those who missed it.

    • James Williams

      From the videos so far she’s an even stronger character, heck you can put her in outfits that even accentuate it,

  • Robgoro

    I know the ending was supposed to parody FFVII, buuuuuut…will it be relevant to the story…? Ahhhh….so many questions, so much Lightning…

    • Steven Higgins

      Guessing Caius does that at some point.

  • LustEnvy

    For the love of god, AC Tifa or AC Cloud. It suits her!

    • Ronldbx6

      Yes, I was thinking the same thing. Now that would be badass!

      • SoundMatch

        Imagine AC Yuffie

  • Suicunesol

    I think a nice Auron costume would do well for her.

  • GHAmer

    Quistis costume with glasses will be great for her.

  • Sardorim

    Kinda wanted a Tifa one too.

    Before FF7, FF7, and Advent Children outfits.

  • AndyLC

    Now, how about Lightning in a Sephiroth costume?
    (With the same chest straps)

  • Kaihedgie

    But why

    • Arcana Wiz

      but, why not?

  • Roberto

    Well Light and Aerith have the same VA so this make sense

    • Skode

      They do? Ali Hillis doesnt voice Aeris as far as im aware

      • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

        He means the Japanese actress. Both Aerith and Light are voiced by Maaya Sakamoto in Japanese

        • Skode

          Ah, thanks for the info – was not aware of that

  • Ramengeddon

    I get it now. SE is going to remake FF7 but the whole cast is Lightning in different costumes.

    • abysswalker

      Yeah, she uses her skill “One Man Army” and every frame she changes costume to give you the illusion that you are playing with three characters instead of one.

      I think Red XIII it’s going to give her some trouble…

  • Ixbran

    Personally, I’d love to see a costume based off Terra Bradford. I mean the design is just beautiful and it would be cool to see Lightning wielding her sword.

    • WyattEpp

      Only one sword? Needs more Genji Glove. ;)

  • Heropon


    • Dagobert

      This is what should have been done to the FFXIII series after the first game. Should have killed it.

    • Masa

      YES! YES! YES!

      This should have happened to the team behind the XIII series.

    • MildManneredReporter

      please deliver us from evil

  • cameron forsyth

    cloud of darkness costume anyone?

    • kool_cid414


  • ivanchu77

    Jecht costume plz

    • Did Jecht even have a top on? :/

      • Brandon Morais

        thats the point

  • Zuhri69

    Oh, come now SE. There’s such a thing as going too far!

  • Masa

    looks ridiculous as most of the costumes have…….

  • Monterossa

    AHAHAHAHAHAHA I love this.

  • cloudcaelum

    I wish Lightning had … , not Aerith…

  • Klarktastic

    This looks so wrong somehow.

  • Too hilarious. I like it though.

  • Rocket D

    Although there are other more suited female characters in the FF franchise that fit Lightning in terms of personality, and maybe even wardrobe, I can’t see why it’s mixed reviewed about her getting an Aerith and Yuna costume. With a majority of the fanbase screaming “They should have remade FFVII!” when the FFX HD was revealed I wonder why so many are complaining. Lightning’s Japanese voice actor speaks for both Lighting and Aerith, Maaya Sakamoto. As for FFX’s outfit it’s to help advertise FFX’s HD which we apparently aren’t getting until the winter and LR releases in the Fall in Japan. It’s basically all based on Japan needs and references.

    As some have said these character outfits don’t fit her but not because they are from characters opposite of her personality but rather because they aren’t high action outfits. Yuna and Aerith lacked real action based movement with their attacks (a majority of healers/summoners do in FF) in their respective games so of course it worked for them compared to Lightning who is a full force offense-attack based character. Could they have chosen Tifa, Yuffie, Vincent or even Cid for FFVII and Auron, Rikku or even Kamahri? Yeah, but this is extra content and doesn’t even have to be used.

    Not to be kind of unrelated but Tales of costume extras do this all the time now. They just choose popular characters from past Tales of games and dress current Tales of ones with past characters outfits without the concern of what fits who. (ex. Colette getting a ToV Rita outfit for ToS Chronicles or Ludger getting ToS:KoR Emil’s outfit in Xillia 2). Weren’t nearly as many complaints there compared to here. I am wondering if it’s the difference of both fanbases or if Lightning just has stigma no matter what she does or what she wears. If she got Tifa like many are requesting I’m willing to bet people would complain it’s too sexualized (Ironically like the Cloud outfit got for whatever weird reason)

  • Valtiel Ikari

    hopefully, she ends with the same fate XD

    • DCBlackbird

      die and come back?

      • Valtiel Ikari

        yeah, minus the come back part XD

  • Flamboyant Ass Nigga

    They way they focus on the wardrobe i bet the story will suck.

    • 하세요

      Because a copied outfit takes extreme thought and development, right?

    • British_Otaku

      I think it’s odd that there is a lot of focus on the costumes and trailers dedicated to them in proportion to the rest of the game, but there is no reason why a few optional costumes (the resources required are typically minimal) will mean the story sucks.

      At worst, the game won’t acknowledge the costume choice in a cutscene and moments may seem slightly off or characters reference things they can’t see. That’s standard for any game with costume choice or even palette swaps.

      • Steven Higgins

        Or, they’re trying to keep the game in fresh in our minds without giving too much of the story away. But they said the focus is on the world not the story so if it is shallow it wouldn’t really be a betrayal.

  • Lilith

    Please, as a Monk lover. Give me a Tifa outfit and let me beat stuff up with my fists!

  • PM-Lee

    Now this is a pleasant surprise, but I think they’re only doing this because Aerith & Lightning share their japanese voice actors. I kinda want to see Lightning dressed as Paine, Rydia (Adult FF4), AC Tifa, X2 Yuna, Dagger/Garnet and maybe as Ashe too.

  • Michael Connell

    How about give Tactics some love and give us a costume based on Agrias, Rafa, Meliadoul, Reis, or even Celia and/or Lede?
    Of course with FFIX a costume for Garnet or Beatrix would be nice; maybe they could even give her Freya’s outfit too

    • Lifestreamer

      I saw someone saying Agrias, Beatrix and Freya’s names…
      Instant thumbs up.

      Lightning in Dagger’s outfit… maybe she lacks “that ass”.

  • Vitor Duarte

    This is an omen… FFVII is being remade!

  • Kilim

    keep ruining my childhood memories SE, as if Cloud wasn’t enough

  • Chido55

    FF7 fans can now rest in peace. :D

  • alexis cortes

    Leave it to SE to pour salt in the wounds of those of us who want a FFVII remake.


    the more maaya sakamoto the better
    edit: where’s my rinoa costume, SE?
    Also what’s the problem of square put in other characters costumes in a game? this happens with tales all the time and no one complains about it.

    • Steven Higgins

      Objectively speaking, that may be because the alt Tales costumes have become kind of a staple of the series, while this is new and many people see it as unnecessary. Then there are people who hate Lightning and the XIII series in general no matter what they do. I think if they continue this trend with future FF games, the complaints may die down a litttle

  • DCBlackbird

    I have seen it all…

  • British_Otaku

    I’m not really paying attention to news about this game because I haven’t even started the FF series yet but… isn’t this game getting close to being more of a means to sell costumes related to previous Final Fantasy games and otherwise than closure to the Lightning Strikes Again Again Trilogy. >_>


      they’re just doing the exact same thing that tales do since what? Eternia? and seriously better they show the cameo costumes than doing the same thing that the game industry is doing lately and showing what happens in 80% of the story (I still remember that they authorized dengeki to put a huge spoiler picture on the cover of the magazine when type-0 came out).

    • Surgeon of Death

      My friend if you have a PS3 or Vita, I reccomend you buy some of the first few titles. Try FF 9,6,7, 4, and/or 3 at the very least :) FF X HD is coming out later this year also. ff13 isn’t a bad game. Just not a really good FF game. The controversy for it is widely exaggerated in some cases but it doesn’t really live up to it’s predecessors. If you play the originals, you might find it lacking in most places. But it’s cheap so try it used if you’re curious :)

      • British_Otaku

        Thanks for the recommendations, unfortunately my PS3 (I’ll get another one soon enough) broke down for good and I have no Vita (very likely to start off with a Vita TV). I was lent a copy of Final Fantasy Tactics GBA and will probably start with that before going into the SNES (particularly 6) line up either through a port on the GBA/DS or emulation.

        I’ve heard arguments both for and against FFXIII but I’m definitely interested in it even if it seems sorta distant from what I expect from a Final Fantasy or RPG in general (less towns to explore, less corridors and less picking attacks through a menu for each character individual).

  • Rake

    Now I’m interested, will each outfit will have their own unique abilities..?
    Because for Aerith’s I can only see regenerating health.
    Other than, I keep getting hyped for this game.

  • Ricardo C

    Will she be dressing up as Aya Brea again?
    Please Square!

  • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

    Light’s fashion taste increased a lot after the death of her sister

  • AndreasStalin

    oh my, I can hardly wait to get started playing dress up with lightning, I don’t really care much about game mechanics or finishing the FFXIII story (which I actually became quite fond of after finishing FFXIII-2) or whatever anymore as long as I can dress up lightning in what now must surely be a couple of dozens different outfits – even if this was all you could do in the game I would still buy it. SE just take my money (and thinking a little more about this concept, the possibilities of adding costumes through DLC seems almost endless, this ladies and gentlemen are gonna be one expensive experience!)

  • Xaltmas

    Please. Make it stop.

    • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

      But we still haven’t seen the Ondore’s Lies costume

    • Arcana Wiz

      nop, until we see a sephitoth costume i wont be excited!

      • TheExile285

        *Imagines Light in a Sephy outfit*

        ….. holy shit! Do want! Do want!

  • earth_worm_jim

    Is this supposed to be a voice actor reference?

    • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro


    • Arcana Wiz


  • Savage Sui ♥

    Lightning got erm, certain “enhancements” in Lightning Returns, no? I’d say a Tifa costume is preeetty likely then .w. Honestly, I would prefer that over this~ mostly because I personally like Tifa as a character much more than Aerith ^_^” lol.

    • komiko12

      Haha, If NightBloomingRose just saw what you said :D

  • AuraGuyChris

    So I take it Caius does the stabbing to her when in that costume?

  • gulabjamal

    What is everyone complaining about, this is freaking awesome! How nostalgic to have that for Lightning, now I can see a badass yet truly gentle Aerith in an action-oriented RPG!

    They’re not just milking the FF brand bc there ARE consumers who can appreciate these OPTIONAL costumes and be excited about them. This just ups the fun factor, no one complains about cameo costumes in the Tales of series so why here?

  • tubers

    Wonder if there’s a chance for an Aya Brea (PE1 and 2) costumes for DLC.

    Meh.. maybe Dissidia 3.

  • Aqua King

    If this is a Japan exclusive there will be RAGE!!! But seriously. I don’t like exclusives :/

  • Ronldbx6

    The Level of Fan Service, “IS OVER 9000!”

  • Kaijumaster

    I’m not crazy am I? It’s a pretty good consensus that people want a remake of VII and not more XII right? This feels like a middle finger.

  • Pdugna

    and now all she needs is Sephiroth coustume and its done.

    • DrakeClawfang

      Don’t give them ideas.

  • LonelyGamer

    I need a Rikku outfit in X-2 ASAP

  • Unlimax

    What’s next .. Squall & Zidane Costume for her ?
    sheeeesh ..
    this is literally a middle finger to every oldschool FF fan who hate her !

  • Utku Savaş

    I think SE desperately seeking things for making the game more ridiculous. And it’s a loooong way down to shame and misery.

  • TheExile285

    ……I don’t know what to say to this….

  • she should get fran’s costume from ff xii…complete with the vierra ears and everything…

    • kool_cid414


  • ShindoW

    I would buy the game just for this.

  • Samsara09

    Give the fanbase a bone and they will howl for an arm.Didn’t you guys want to be able to fully customize your characters like in the other WRPGs?There you have it.Din’t you guys want an gigantic world full of people and side quests?There you have it.What more do you fans want?

    A game that is on the level of final fantasy VII?Please,be honest.You guys would never recognize any new final fantasy as better then 7,because of your nostalgia glasses.Want a remake?Well,watch the guys that are already hating on the remake of X and the remastered music.The same will happen with 7.

    • leingod

      I’m loving the FFX remaster (it’s not a remake) and I’d LOVE a remake of VII. That being said, XIII-3 looks really cool too… but it doesn’t diminish my WANT for a remade FF VII. Or VI. Or IX. Or VIII.

      • Samsara09

        trust me,I wanna play that masterpiece of the Ps1,with better graphics and gameplay…but,no way the “fans” will forgive Se for “making fun” of their precious game and memories.A remake for IX would be DREAMY.

        Honestly,SE should ignore the western fans here on the web until they start appreciating what SE is doing for us.Final fantasy XIII-2 corrected many of the mistakes of the original,based on fan feedback.How did the ingrates react?They boycotted didn’t have even 1/3 of the original’s sales…or so.Were it not for this “awful” trilogy,we would be 8-9 YEARS WITHOUT FF.It would be hell.

  • Samsara09

    Give the fanbase a bone and they will howl for an arm.Didn’t you guys want to be able to fully customize your characters like in the other WRPGs?There you have it.Din’t you guys want an gigantic world full of people and side quests?There you have it.What more do you fans want?

    A game that is on the level of final fantasy VII?Please,be honest.You guys would never recognize any new final fantasy as better then 7,because of your nostalgia glasses.Want a remake?Well,watch the guys that are already hating on the remake of X and the remastered music.The same will happen with 7.

  • KingGunblader

    Seeing Lightning make Aerith’s cutesy poses is somehow even more jarring than Yuna’s.
    However I think this LOOKS much better on her.

    • Göran Isacson

      Ha ha indeed, I just see Lightning demurely fold her hands and I’m just… no. That is some uncanny valley shiz right there.

  • Rogerrmark

    I wonder if that costume will have weakness against katana-users. -wat

  • Jonathan Tse

    Aeris, meh. gimme a Tifa and i’d be in there though.

    • Ixbran


      Though as cool as a Tifa costume would be, she fights with her fists. And so far Lightning seems to only wield swords, clubs, or staff’s in this. it would would require giving them a weapon to go with the Tifa costume, which would feel … off.

  • gRiMmYdArK13

    If they’re taking costumes from FF7, at least get Squall or Ultimecia’s costume!

    • Steven Higgins

      They were in 8.

      • gRiMmYdArK13

        I know they’re from 8. I’m saying they should get costumes from other FFs.

  • Ali

    Just a question, she spent all that time saving her sister in FFXIII, does she even know what happened to her in FFXIII-2?

    • Ixbran


  • harmonyworld

    Meh, that stab scene was less aerith and more squall

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